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Black and White Presets

Lesson 7 from: Create Better Black and White Photographs

Chris Orwig

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7. Black and White Presets

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Black and White Presets

So how did johnny look this guy's beard? How awesome is that this guy's great character but he is the best beer in santa barbara where I live what I want to highlight here was kind of a untypical way to do black and whites which is not curved it is using the black and white adjustment panel but going to presets and so often what happens is we jump right to black and white user sliders but there's some really interesting ways that we can do stuff here high contrast read a little bit too high the too bright for the face maybe the shirt needs to go darker you see where I'm going with that great way to start modifying images assed faras a different type of a starting point then you would have normally tried because we get stuck in little ruts presets get us out as do plug ins for that matter. So what this image I mean there's there's a lot I would do with the work flow on it some of it would be retouching and I'm kind of down to the end of my time a little bit so I'm just gonna go quickly ...

I'm using the the healing brush to get rid of some buttons I'm using curves this side needs to be needs to be dark over here and I'm just kind of, you know, going really fast the point of it mohr than what I'm doing, I think, is his beard's too bright download. You see that it's like you want the brightness to be up in the face, so I gotta gotta darken up this stuff here because I'm going so fast and my brush trips or so noticeable use the poor man's welcome town, that to soften my edges, and the image is going in a decent direction. Mohr work. But had I just used let's, just compare you sat and remove color. We wouldn't have the detail in this shirt, so the shirt's, too, right there, or maybe if I had just used the default, black and white, I wouldn't. Maybe I've done his face, but I would have forgotten about this, so sometimes what I've found is that presets lead to pretty interesting results, so just know that.

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